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At Close Range (1986)

R | | Crime, Drama | 18 April 1986 (USA)
In 1978 Pennsylvania, an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons who become intrigued with his romanticized life of crime.

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Directors: Phil Joanou, Michael Lee Baron
Stars: Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Brad Jr.
... Brad Sr.
... Terry
... Tommy (as Christopher Penn)
... Julie
... Grandma
... Patch
... Dickie
... Tony Pine
... Boyd
... Mary Sue
Jake Dengel ... Lester
... Tim
... Aggie
... Lucas
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Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970s. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... and ultimately, murder. Written by LizFL

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He's found a father to idolize, and a girl to love. Now all he still needs to find is himself. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$180,286, 20 April 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,347,000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The tractors featured in film are Allis Chalmers brand , this was released the the year they stopped production of the Allis Chalmers brand tractor and implement line in Milwaukee wi See more »

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The shotgun pellet wounds on Sean Penn's face disappear almost immediately and leave no scars. See more »

Quotes

Brad Whitewood Sr.: Ever been out west, Tommy?
Tommy Whitewood: No.
Brad Whitewood Sr.: Ever heard a coyote?
Tommy Whitewood: No.
Brad Whitewood Sr.: They make this sound like "woo, woo, woo!" Coyote bitch gets in heat. First thing she does, she take care of the males. Then she heads toward town. All the neighborhood dogs, they smell her. They go crazy. They follow her. She lures them out on to the desert. Coyote get dog out there... alone. All the other coyote come along, they circle 'round... they kill that dog, eat it. Tommy, if you go in front of that grand jury, what will you say?
Tommy Whitewood: ...
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1990 (1990) See more »

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High Time
Written by Leon Medica and Hoyt Garrick Jr.
Performed by Leroux
Provided by arrangement with The Inside Track
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A sharp and very unforgiving tale of betrayl.
9 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Tender yet painful story about a rural Pennsylvania teen, Brad Whitewood, Jr. (Sean Penn) who along with his half-brother, Tommy (real-life brother Chris Penn) finally meet their estranged father, Brad Sr. (Christopher Walken), decide to join their father's crime network only to discover how brutal that he can be to them while dodging the feds at any cost. (Sean) Penn and Walken are well-cast here and to watch the pair on-screen at the same time is a delight. Director James Foley guides the film where it should go and the script by Nicholas Kazan is made to near perfection in handling the mood and tension. It's also a surprise that the film itself is based on a true story that took placed in 1978. A sharp and very unforgiving tale of betrayl.


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